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February 13, 2014

Lowcountry woman's traffic death 2nd caused by weather

A Ridgeland woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Hampton County early Thursday morning, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A Ridgeland woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Hampton County early Thursday morning, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A Honda Civic was traveling south on Speed Limit Road in Varnville about 2 a.m. when the vehicle struck a tree in a roadway, Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

One passenger, 24-year-old Tiffani Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington Sr. said.

The driver, a 23-year-old man, was transported to the Hampton Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, Jones said. Another passenger, 22, was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said. Additional details about the crash were not available Thursday morning from the Highway Patrol.

A motorist died Wednesday when her car slid on the ice-slick I-95, but most people obeyed official warnings and stayed off South Carolina roads as the state was hit by one of the worst ice storms in memory.

The death happened around 8:25 a.m. Wednesday at I-95 mile marker 128 in Clarendon County, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A woman driving a 2009 Nissan skidded on I-95 and slammed into a 2007 Ford pickup that was legally parked on the Interstate's shoulder, Jones said. The truck belonged to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

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